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Month: April, 2016

Meade County Man Arrested In Double Homicide

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Authorities say a 32-year-old Faith man has been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Attorney General Marty Jackley and Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin say in a release that Berton Cole Toavs is charged in the killing of two people about 7 a.m. at a residence in Faith. Attorney information for Toavs was not immediately available.

Authorities did not name the victims or provide additional details.

Jackley says that if convicted, Toavs could face death or a mandatory life sentence.

The Faith Police Department, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Division of Criminal Investigation assisted in the investigation.

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Mehlhaff Officially Named Next Stanley County Elementary Principal

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Stanley County School Board has officially named their new Elementary School Principal for the 2016-2017 school year. They made the hiring official at a Special meeting of the board on Monday evening.

Terri Mehlhaff of Pierre has been offered a one year contract to become the next Stanley County Elementary School Principal. Current Elementary Principal Michelle Glodt submitted her resignation in January, citing the need to spend more time with her children as the reason for resigning.

Mehlhaff has her master’s degree, and is currently a fifth grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary in Pierre. The Stanley County Elementary Principal Hiring Committee felt confident in Mehlhaff’s capabilities. Mehlhaff was hired to a one-year contract in the amount of 55,000 dollars plus benefits.  Mehlhaff, speaking at the meeting, simply told the board, “I’m very excited.”

In addition to hiring Mehlhaff, the Stanley County School Board hired Cassandra Mraz as their next high school art teacher for the next school year. She has been a long-term substitute for the district.

The board also hired Amanda Thronson of Pierre to become the districts next High School English Instructor and Yearbook Advisor. Thronson currently is an Educational Instructor at the South Dakota Discovery Center.

They also hired Heather Korber as the districts Middle School Math Teacher. Korber, of Pierre, currently teaches math at the Pierre Indian Learning Center.

The Stanley County School Board will be holding contract negotiations in May for their teacher. They are eyeing teacher pay increases as part of the recent half percent sales tax increase voted in by the South Dakota Legislature. 

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Statewide Tornado Drill To Be Conducted Today

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tornadoes are capable of destroying buildings, uprooting trees and hurling objects through the air like missiles.

Kelly Serr, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Aberdeen, says it is critical to make sure you know what to do if severe weather strikes your neighborhood…

(Serr Tornado 1)

If you are out in your vehicle when a tornado strikes, Serr says you have two options…

(Serr Tornado 2)

The National Weather Service, South Dakota Emergency Management, and other state, county and local agencies will be conducting a state-wide tornado drill today. The watch will be issued at 10 AM and the warning sirens, which are only a test, will be sounded at 10:15 AM in all of the local communities.

Serr adds that now is a great time to talk with your kids, who may be home for the summer, to make sure they know what to do when severe weather hits the area. The National Weather Service reminds people that outdoor warning sirens are not designed for you to hear them inside a building.

Serr was in Blunt yesterday speaking to the Blunt Elementary kids on weather safety as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. 

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Congress Passes Bill That Would Adopt The Bison As The National Mammal

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The U.S. House passed the National Bison Legacy Act on Tuesday, which adopts the North American Bison as the national mammal of the United States.

South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem helped introduce the legislation back in 2012, and did so again in each successive Congress.

Noem spoke in favor of the bill on the U.S. House floor Tuesday, saying that the bison is a critical part of Native American culture…

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Noem adds that the bison is resilient…

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The legislation passed without opposition. It now goes to the Senate for final consideration before going to the president for his signature. 

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Armstrong Named SD Lieutenant Of The Year

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The South Dakota National Guard has announced the 2016 recipient of the Lt. Col. John J. Steele Award, naming him the SDNG's Lieutenant of the Year.

First Lt. Alan Armstrong, who currently serves as the executive officer in the 200th Engineer Company in Pierre, was selected as the most exceptional lieutenant after competing against lieutenants from several of the SDNG's major commands.

The award was presented by the National Guard Association of South Dakota at its annual officers' conference in Rapid City, April 23.

Armstrong, who calls Springfield his home, has more than 12 years of service in the military - six of those years as a member of the South Dakota Army National Guard - first enlisted in the active duty Army as an indirect fire infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After transferring the SDARNG in 2009, he enrolled in the Officer Candidate School program and received his commission as a second lieutenant in August 2012.

In addition to his responsibilities in the National Guard, Armstrong not only ranches near Springfield for himself but assists some neighbors with their ranching and farming operations. He is also employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Service as a soil conservationist.

The Lt. Col. John J. Steele Award was established in 1968 to annually recognize the most outstanding lieutenant in the South Dakota National Guard. Selection is based on exceptional qualities of leadership, values and performance.

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Census Bureau Training Offered In Pierre Next Week

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Local residents will be able to find out how your community’s demographics can help move your organization forward next Wednesday, May 4th.

The Central South Dakota Enhancement District and the City of Pierre are partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to bring “Using Census Data for Community Analysis” training to Pierre. The training is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a break for lunch. The event will be held at the South Dakota Housing Development Authority in Pierre. Preregistration is required.

Central South Dakota Enhancement District Planner Emeline Post says the event will be split up in two sessions…

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Post adds the second session take those that attend beyond the surface data…

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The training session is designed for state and local government agencies and will show participants how to access and utilize the data collected and maintained by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Post adds that these types of statistics can be very valuable during the budgeting, grant writing and planning processes, especially for local businesses’ and people looking to start a local business…

(Post 3)

Those interested in attending can view the full agenda and register online at CSDED.org or contact Post at 605.773.2780.

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Watertown Approves Aerodynamics As New Air Carrier Following In Pierre's Footsteps

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Aerodynamics Incorporated (ADI) has been chosen as the new commercial airline to serve Watertown, pending federal Government Approval.

The selection was made at a special meeting of the Watertown City Council at noon Wednesday, and the vote for ADI was unanimous. This vote follows the unanimous vote of the Pierre City Commission on Monday, recommending ADI as the possible next air carrier in and out of Pierre.

ADI's bid to serve Watertown calls for 24 flights a week to Denver on 50-seat jets, with a stop in Pierre. The bid calls for introductory fares of $59 each way to Denver during the first 30 days of service. Thereafter, an average fare of $99 each way is projected.

Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson hopes service with ADI can begin July 1st. 

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Stanley County Officials Interviewing Candidates For Next Superintendent Tonight

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Stanley County School Board has narrowed down their list of candidates for the school’s next Superintendent. Current Stanley County Superintendent Dan Martin is moving on to be the Superintendent in Timber Lake next year.

Several candidates applied, and they narrowed down the field to three at their meeting on Monday. Those three will be in Fort Pierre speaking with the board, along with community members, this afternoon and evening.

The Board has hired John Pederson of Dakota Education Consulting to assist in the process of finding the next Superintendent. Pederson says they had some excellent candidates

Two of the three candidates interviewing currently live in South Dakota, and both have multiple years of experience as Superintendents. The third candidate currently resides in Nebraska, but has South Dakota ties says Pederson.

Pederson adds that he is hopeful the board will name their next Superintendent by the end of the week; however, he says every search is different. He says the candidates are also interviewing the board and the community member, making sure Fort Pierre is a fit for the candidate is they are eventually hired. 

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Three In GEAR UP Financial Investigation Plead Not Guilty

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Three people have pleaded not guilty to felony charges from a financial investigation into the GEAR UP college-readiness program.

Dan Guericke, Stephanie Hubers and Stacy Phelps entered their pleas in court on Wednesday.

They were indicted this month from the investigation launched after Scott Westerhuis shot his wife and their four children before setting fire to their house and killing himself.

Authorities say Scott and Nicole Westerhuis embezzled from Mid-Central Educational Cooperative before their deaths by transferring funds without authorization to a nonprofit where they had financial oversight positions.

Phelps and Guericke allegedly helped the Westerhuises attempt to avoid a potential audit of the nonprofit. Hubers faces charges related to theft or receiving stolen property.

Trials could start in the fall or early next year.

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Fort Pierre Awarded Drinking Water Certificate Of Achievement

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources has announced that the City of Fort Pierre public water system and the systems operation specialists have been awarded a drinking water certificate of Achievement Award.

The award recognizes the system’s operation specialists: Vern Thorson, Joey Montana, and Casey Breitag.

Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson says quality water is the top issue when it comes to the overall quality of life in a city…

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To qualify for the award, the public water system has to meet compliance monitoring and reporting requirements, drinking water standards, and certification requirements.

Fort Pierre’s water is rural water, and Pierre gets their drinking water from wells. 

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